Know your HIV status: “Take the test, take control”

May 22nd, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (5/22/2017). –The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health has learned about the recent Fort Wayne Police Department investigation and arrest regarding an individual accused of failing to warn about his positive HIV status and possibly spreading HIV to others.  The Health Department would like to take this opportunity to educate our community about HIV and why knowing your HIV status is vital.

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.  Many people who are infected with HIV do not have any symptoms and feel healthy.  Symptoms people get are usually related to infections and
cancers due to a weakened immune system.  HIV is spread through vaginal, oral, or anal sex.  It can also be shared by contaminated needles; from direct contact with infected blood; and from mother to child during pregnancy, child birth or breast feeding.  There is no cure for HIV or AIDS.
Anti-retroviral treatment can slow the progression of HIV disease and delay the onset of AIDS. Early diagnosis and treatment can improve a person’s chances of living a longer, healthier life.  If left untreated, AIDS is fatal.

Everyone should know their HIV status,” says Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health Administrator Mindy Waldron. “And getting tested is easier than ever. Testing includes just a quick swab of the mouth or blood test.”

Nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the U.S., and of those, one in seven don’t know they are infected. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have HIV.

If you don’t know your HIV status, the first step is getting tested.  You can contact your primary care physician for confidential HIV testing or visit any of the testing sites listed below:

  • Fort Wayne-Allen County Dept. of Health (FWACDOH) Medical Annex: 4813 New Haven Ave; (260) 449-7504 by appointment Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • FWACDOH Off-site Clinics:
    • 519 Oxford St; Wednesdays 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Walgreens: 110 E. Creighton Ave; Every Wednesday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; For questions, call (260) 449-4369
  • Positive Resource Connection Off-site Clinics:
    • After Dark: 112 W. Masterson Avenue; Third Thursday of every month 10 p.m. – Midnight
    • Matthew 25: 413 E. Jefferson Blvd; Third Thursday of every month 10 a.m. – Noon
    • Neighborhood Health Clinics: 1717 S. Calhoun St; Fourth Tuesday of every month 10 a.m. – Noon
    • Su Salud: 2040 S. Calhoun St; Second Monday of every month 2 p.m. – 4p.m.
    • Positive Resource Connection: 525 Oxford St; Walk-in every Friday 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Still have questions about HIV or how to get tested? The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health has set up a hotline to take calls on this issue, so residents can call us at (260) 449-4499.  The hotline is operational Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.